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Pub co-owners Oisin Davis (left) and Vaughan Yates pose outside the Virgin Mary pub, which opened recently selling non-alcoholic drinks and is known as the ‘pub with no beer’, in the city centre of Dublin May 16, 2019. — AFP pic
DUBLIN, May 23 — It’s happy hour in Dublin and the drinks are flowing, but in Ireland’s first “dry pub” patrons are forgoing Guinness and whiskey for non-boozy beers and zero percent wine.The Virgin Mary, which opened this month, bucks the trend in a city where nightlife is fuelled by stout and spirits, offering a menu of entirely non-alcoholic beverages.Thronging with customers within minutes of opening one weekday afternoon, its popularity is viewed by its owners as a sign that hard-drinking Ireland may be changing its ways.“Drinking is ingrained in society here,” said co-founder Vaughan Yates, 51, a veteran of the drinks industry.“However if you look at the Irish they are a very progressive nation, they are a very liberal nation, they’re very open to change.“I think there’s a real cultural shift happening globally towards alcohol and we’re really at the forefront of it.”Oisin Davis, the pub’s other co-founder and with whom Yates works in a company making drinks mixers, said they had noticed non-alcoholic options increasingly appearing on menus and decided there could be a niche for a no-alcohol pub.A sober night out Like many other countries, Ireland is currently in the midst of a wellness craze driven by visual social media platforms like Instagram.Festooned with florid garnishes and served in delicate glassware, many drinks at The Virgin Mary offer customers a “shareable” photogenic product, with bragging rights that they avoided a hangover after a night on the town.“I do think that there is this movement towards wellness, and I think that our drinks probably reflect that,” Yates said.Dublin has just hosted a wellness festival attended by yoga teachers, mindfulness practitioners and nutritionists, among others.Changes in diet are evident, with options for oat milk, coconut milk and a plethora of other alternatives to regular milk becoming the norm in cafes.Health food business The Happy Pear that encourages people to eat more vegetables through courses, cafes, recipes and products, is hugely popular -- twin brother owners Dave and Steve Flynn tout their early morning sea swims as part of their wellness routine on Instagram.Binge boozing However, alcohol consumption in the country is actually on the rise, according to Alcohol Action Ireland.The increase relates both to consumption per person, as well as in overall numbers of drinkers — 84 per cent of the population now, compared to about 82 per cent in 2010, CEO Sheila Gilheany told AFP.Given the rise, the “narrative in social media” about wellness and health, she said, was “a story that has really been put out, to kind of, give us a feeling that, ‘Oh you know, everything’s actually grand!’“The country was ranked second for binge drinking out of 194 countries in a 2014 study by the World Health Organisation that put Austria first.The Irish government already has the drinking public in its crosshairs.In October, parliament passed a law mandating cancer warnings on alcohol labels in a bid to shift what Health Minister Simon Harris called a “corrosive culture” around drinking.High spirits At The Virgin Mary, drinks have been designed with those served at the city’s 750 traditional pubs in mind.A dark and creamy “iced nitro coffee” is poured from a beer tap to mimic Guinness, without which no traditional Irish pub would be complete.Fridges are stocked with non-alcoholic beer bottles and “mocktail” ingredients such as cold coffee brew and sour cherry cordial are stacked like an array of apothecary potions.And the pub’s signature drink The Virgin Mary — a cheeky play on the classic Bloody Mary — is made of tomato juice, muscat, pickle, lime and spice.As well as mimicking the hard stuff, the bar matches pub opening hours and advertises to an older clientele in order to carve its own niche and avoid association with cafes and juice bars.Before the opening, staff were anxious they would not be able to cultivate the most crucial aspect of an Irish pub — the atmosphere, or what is widely known in Ireland as the “craic”.“We didn’t know what the vibe was going to be like,” said 39-year-old bar manager Anna Walsh, perched on a bar stool before opening time.“But the first night, once the place filled up, if you walked in here you would not know that there was no alcohol.”‘It’s a novelty’ Yates said that there had been “doubters”, whom he described as mainly online “keyboard warriors”, but that the reaction had been overwhelmingly positive. Whether the dry bar can survive the competitive nightlife industry in Dublin — a city where the pub still reigns supreme — is yet to be seen.Paula Gearty was one of the first through the doors on the opening night.“It’s actually quite nice to just have something different,” the 49-year-old said, after ordering a glass of alcohol-free white wine and posing for a photo with work friends at the bar.“I think it sounds refreshing, it’s a novelty.” — AFP [...]
Superstar Rihanna has unveiled a first look at her upcoming Fenty fashion collection, sending fans into a frenzy.
The singer, who has collaborated with luxury behemoth LVMH for the fresh apparel line, donned several Fenty outfits for T Magazine’s first digital cover and teased a selection of images via her Instagram today – along with exclusive details on the label’s highly anticipated release to the public this month.
Debuting in Paris, the brand will launch via a pop-up store in France’s capital city on May 24, 2019, followed by an online launch on 29th May.
Those wanting to get a live look what’s in store for the collection can also check out the official video teaser trailer below, dropped by Fenty just hours after Rihanna’s big social reveal. – AFP Relaxnews [...]
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Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna event at Sephora in New York September 14, 2018. — AFP pic
NEW YORK, May 21 — Superstar Rihanna has unveiled a first look at her upcoming Fenty fashion collection, sending fans into a frenzy.The singer, who has collaborated with luxury behemoth LVMH for the fresh apparel line, donned several Fenty outfits for T Magazine’s first digital cover and teased a selection of images via her Instagram today — along with exclusive details on the label’s highly anticipated release to the public this month.Debuting in Paris, the brand will launch via a pop-up store in France’s capital city on May 24, followed by an online launch on 29th May (via WWD).Those wanting to get a live look what’s in store for the collection can also check out the official video teaser trailer dropped by Fenty just hours after Rihanna’s big social reveal, here: https://youtu.be/pod3RjrnA5A. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
The first time I … tried snorkelling.
I had always had a fear of water because of an “almost-got-drowned” incident when I was eight. My dad, however, insisted that I learnt how to swim, even though he himself couldn’t.
During one school holiday, I did just that. But it was always in the safety of swimming pools where I could see the bottom and never into the sea where the unknown lurked.
So, when my cousin invited me to go snorkelling with a bunch of friends in Pulau Tinggi, one of the lesser known islands off Mersing, Johor, I was hesitant but decided to give it a go. Together with another friend, we took a train to Mersing, where we stayed at my cousin’s place.
Early the next morning, we went to the and waited for the boat to arrive. There were 12 of us, including my aunt and uncle, who were very sporting.
The journey by speedboat took less than an hour and the sea was very choppy. Thankfully, we were soon greeted by a pristine white sand beach backed by a hill of tropical rainforest. This was Mount Semundu and its shape has caused it to be known as the “General’s Hat Island” to some of the locals.
Our home for the next two nights was a semi-open longhouse. We placed our sleeping bags all in one row on the floor. The back and sides of the longhouse were covered, but the front was open and we could get a view of the ocean in the distance. Our meals were taken at a long log table with benches on a grassy area by the beach.
In snorkelling, you wear a diving mask and use a breathing tube to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose. Filepic
We had two snorkelling sessions each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. After unpacking our stuff, we changed into our swimming gear for our first snorkelling session. Our guide and his helpers handed out the life vests, snorkelling equipment and gave us some simple instructions. It sounded easy enough – breathe in through your mouth and breath out through your nose – the opposite of what you do when on land.
For safety reasons, we were paired up into twos, with the guides accompanying the ones who could not swim or were the least confident in water. Unfortunately, I was not considered one of them, despite my fear of water.
We were given some time to practise in the shallow waters and then, led by the guides, we snorkelled out to deeper waters. I breathed in and out steadily as instructed and was now extremely thankful for all those swimming lessons as they certainly came in useful!
Before, sea water always seemed foreboding to me because you couldn’t see what was in it. But the minute I put on the snorkelling mask and had my head in the water, I was so awestruck by the magical underwater world that I “forgot” to be afraid. Myriad fish in many hues swam past me. Colourful corals beckoned from below.
We kept paddling until we were quite far from the shore and the water was deeper, so captivated and engrossed with the marine life that we lost all track of time. It wasn’t until the guide called all of us back with a loud whistle that we realised we had been snorkelling for more than three hours. It was already past lunch time!
After lunch and a short rest, we went to another part of the island, which was totally deserted, for more snorkelling.
Later, as I prepared for my first night on the island, I felt a little wobbly, like I was still moving about in the water. I dreamt that I was in the sea, too, still snorkelling away. It was a very sweet dream!
I had really enjoyed my first snorkelling experience, and have gone on many excursions after that day. [...]
CHUKAI (May 20): The Housing and Local Government Ministry completed 32,951 units of affordable homes in the first three months of this year.
Its minister Zuraida... [...]
CHUKAI (Bernama): The Housing and Local Government Ministry completed 32,951 units of affordable homes in the first three months of this year, says its Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. [...]
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin speaks to Malay Mail during an interview in Parliament May 3, 2019. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
CHUKAI, May 20 — The Housing and Local Government Ministry completed 32,951 units of affordable homes in the first three months of this year.Its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said of the number, the highest is in Kuala Lumpur with 7,390 units, followed by Perak with 5,688 units; Putrajaya (4,999); Kedah (4,815); Selangor (3,777); Johor (1,964) and Pahang (1,884).“Pakatan Harapan (PH) targets to build one million affordable homes in 10 years, that is, 100,000 units in one year, but this year alone, we might be able to construct 360,000 units and surpass the target,” she told reporters here today.Earlier, she officiated the launch of the Industrialised Building System (IBS) Technical and Vocational Training Centre. Also present were deputy minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah and Terengganu Local Government, Health and Environment exco Alias Razak.The IBS training centre in Kijal, Kemaman is the country’s first and a joint endeavour involving IBS Global, Sany Construction Industry (SCI) and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).The first batch comprises 150 trainees who will undergo a three-month course beginning July. Fifteen of them are sponsored by SCI.Zuraida said the centre would not only produce more local IBS technical and skilled manpower but also reduce the country’s dependence on foreign workers by at least 40 per cent.“With IBS technology, we would not require that many workers as 90 people can do the job of 1,000.“This modern and efficient technology can also expedite the accomplishment of our target of one million affordable homes, and at a much lower cost,” she added. — Bernama [...]
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Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan stepped up to publicly acknowledge that he is the Perak MP at the centre of the budding harassment controversy. — Picture by Farhan Najib
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 ― Faced with a she said-he said case, Selangor police will scrutinise several key people over allegations of sexual harassment involving a Perak MP.“The case is being investigated under Section 354 and Section 509 of the Penal Code. Several witnesses are being investigated before any further action is taken,” Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said in a statement today.Section 354 concerns the use of criminal force to intentionally outrage modesty and is punishable with a jail sentence of up to 10 years, or a fine, or whipping or a combination of any two of penalties prescribed.Section 509 is a lesser charge but which criminalises the use of any word or gesture to insult the modesty of a person and is punishable with jail up to five years, a fine, or both.The senior policeman also elaborated on the woman this time. Without disclosing her name, he said she is 47 years old and of Indian ethnicity and is said to be a former research officer and an ex-treasurer of the Sungai Siput PKR branch who filed a complaint on May 16, claiming to have been molested by a man said to be an MP several times since December 2018.Two conflicting accounts have emerged.Earlier today, national news agency Bernama reported Fadzil saying a woman saying she had filed a police complaint against an unnamed Perak federal lawmaker for alleged sexual harassment by showing her pornographic images and illustrations from the Kama Sutra book.Hours later, Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan stepped up to publicly acknowledge that he is the Perak MP at the centre of the budding harassment controversy, but with a twist.He accused the woman whom he described as a lawyer, married with two children and living in Puchong, Selangor of harassing him and his family and interfering with his parliamentary duties by making false and malicious allegations.The first-term MP from PKR said he too had filed a police report against the woman and offered full cooperation in any investigation. [...]
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From left, Chen, Ma, Liew and other exchange souvenir at the welcoming dinner.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah received 176,130 China tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year, marking a record of 8.6 per cent growth compared to the previous year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
“China has always been a major source of tourism in Sabah.
“In the first quarter of this year, the Chinese market has achieved a record of 8.6 per cent growth compared to the previous year, setting a record of 176,130 Chinese tourist arrivals,” she said when gracing the welcoming dinner hosted by China-based Moya International as part of its incentive trip for members.
Moya, a manufacturer and retailer of women health, beauty and skincare products, has more than 400,000 members selling the company’s products via the WeChat platform.
The company is bringing in 2,000 people, comprising approximately 1,800 members and their families as well as 200 crew members, in three batches to Sabah from May 5 to 20.
Christina, who is also the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said there was a lot that could be learned from the co-founders of Moya, Ma Lin and Chen Xue, both being successful female entrepreneurs.
She thanked Moya for actively promoting and selecting Sabah as the destination for its incentive trip.
“We look forward to having Moya back to Sabah with more tourists,” she said.
On another note, she said her ministry, together with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, would jointly organize the Symphony of Orchestra this coming July to promote the cultural friendship between Malaysia and China through music exchange in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries.
Meanwhile, Ma said the company had chosen Sabah for the incentive trip due to the state’s natural beauty and also because of the good relations between China and Malaysia.
“The trip to Sabah is also in line with the Belt and Road initiative.”
In fact, Ma revealed that she had studied at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in Peninsular Malaysia for four years about a decade ago but never got the chance to visit Sabah due to the distance.
She hoped that the company would be able to bring 10 times more members – equivalent to 20,000 tourists, to Sabah in the future.
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